EXCERPT: 'Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break'

We take when we're young. We take energy, attention, love. When we get older, we are able to return the favor. Not just to our families but also to our neighbors, our communities, and our country. Do something tiny. Help clean up a park or walk a shelter dog. If you can do it with your kids, even better. I've learned that a political view doesn't make you patriotic, but the acts of participating and giving back sure do. Write yourself a permission slip to bloom where you're planted and start small.

I've made every mistake that a decent person can make, and I'm still here, still learning. Probably like you, I could have given up about a million times by now, but I didn't. Hopefully, I've got at least forty more years' worth of gaffes and mistakes to make. I can't wait!

One thing I've learned while writing this book is that I'm the Fairy Godmother of people who wish they could have a do-over.

If I had a wand, I would grant you that wish.

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